Detroit Lions PFF Grades vs. Raiders: Kerby Joseph leads the defense
After getting abused in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens, the Detroit Lions bounced back in a big way in Week 8 against the Las Vegas Raiders. One of the main reasons for the Lions' success against the Raiders was the defense, which only allowed 157 yards and a single touchdown. Pro Football Focus has released their weekly grades and Kerby Joseph, who picked up his first interception of the season, had one of the highest grades on the Lions' defense.
Top 5 Grades
Bottom 5 Grades
- Cameron Sutton 33.8
- Alex Anzalone 43.3
- Brodric Martin 49.6
- Charles Harris 51.1
- Josh Paschal 52.9
Here are all of the grades from Monday's win over the Raiders:
TL;DR (too long didn't read)
- Kerby Joseph's standout performance: Following a challenging Week 7 outing against the Baltimore Ravens, the Detroit Lions' defense made a strong comeback in Week 8 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Kerby Joseph, who secured his first interception of the season, earned one of the highest grades for the Lions' defense, contributing significantly to their impressive showing.
- Derrick Barnes leads the way: Linebacker Derrick Barnes secured the top grade with an impressive 91.6, demonstrating his impact in the Lions' defensive resurgence.
- Mixed results within the defense: While many players received high grades, a few, including Cameron Sutton and Alex Anzalone, posted lower marks, illustrating that there's still room for improvement within the defensive unit.
Bottom Line: Getting Defensive!
Prior to their 38-6 Week 7 loss to the Ravens, the Detroit Lions defense had been stellar. After getting exposed against Lamar Jackson and company, the defense returned to form against the Raiders. Allowing only 157 yards in an NFL game is brilliant, and if the Lions' defense can play this way moving forward, then the sky is the limit.